“The judge asked the pertinent questions — if anyone had threatened him, if anyone had offered him anything in exchange — and [his lawyer] said no, it was a voluntary decision,” Monserrate said.
The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker on Friday opened up on the ordeal in a video obtained by US tabloid site TMZ.
In it, Martin explained his decision to speak out on the allegations and why he could only do so now.
“I'm in front of the cameras today [Friday] because I really need to talk in order for me to start my healing process. For two weeks I was not allowed to defend myself because I was following a procedure where the law obligated me not to talk until I was in front of a judge.
“Thank God the claims were proven to be false, but I'm going to tell you the truth. It's been so painful, it has been devastating for me, for my family, for my friends. I don't wish this upon anybody,” a visibly emotional Martin said.
He wished the “person who was claiming this nonsense” the best and expressed hope that he found the help necessary to start afresh. The singer said his priority was to heal and this he would do through music.